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SIT IHP/Comparative: Cities in the 21st Century: People, Planning and Politics

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Program Information


Barcelona, Spain; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Cape Town, South Africa; Multiple Locations


Fall, Spring



Minimum Language Requirement


Area of Focus

Social Sciences




Explore how geography, politics, economics, and culture shape social relations and the built environment — and with what consequences — in cities across the globe. This program combines an innovative urban studies curriculum with fieldwork involving key actors and stakeholders — public agencies, planners, elected officials, NGOs, and grassroots organizations. You will spend time in four cities across the globe to better understand the interconnected social, physical, economic, environmental, and political systems affecting urban environments. In addition, you will complete an independent comparative research project on a topic of your choosing.

Two-Part Application Process

Applying to a Year or Term Abroad or a Non-Yale Summer Abroad study abroad program is a two-part process. These are separate application processes with individual deadlines and can be done simultaneously.

  1. You must apply to your intended program for admission by applying online from the program’s website. Select the Program Website button below to be directed to more information.
  2. You must apply to Yale Study Abroad for approval to study abroad and the ability to transfer the credit back to your Yale degree. The designated list of programs on our website does not constitute pre-approval or automatic approval from Yale. You must apply to our office by the relevant deadline in order to be approved. Select the Apply to Yale Study Abroad button below to be directed to more information.

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SIT offers two tracks of the IHP/Comparative: Cities in the 21st Century program. The tracks take place in different locations and may not be available both in the fall and spring. 

Admission to IHP/Comparative programs is rolling and available spaces normally fill well before the stated deadlines. We recommend applying early.

Yale Study Abroad Adviser

Marcus Alaimo